How to Make the Most Out of Your Education

Whether you’re 18 years old or you’re old enough to get senior discounts at your favorite restaurants, you can learn to take advantage of your education. Here’s how:

 

Network, network, network- If you excelled on a project in your Biology course with Suzy, connect with her! No, we’re not saying you need to spend quality time together. What we’re saying is – you never know if Suzy will become president one day, or the owner of a company you want to work for. So keep in contact with your peers and professors. It will only help you.

 

Shop around – No, we don’t mean actual shopping. Unless of course, you need to resupply your pencil drawer. We mean shop around for the right degree so you’re happy with the courses you’re taking. There’s nothing worse than being unhappy- we all know that! So choose the right degree for you, and be happy with the coursework needed to earn it. If you hate writing, you may want to reconsider a degree in English or Journalism because the process will be painful. Choose something you will enjoy, something you will look forward to learning more about. Just like actual shopping, try some degrees on for size and choose one that brings out the best in you.

 

Feed the hungry- By being a student there are so many opportunities to get involved, on campus and off. So take advantage. Did you know that getting involved doesn’t just help others, but it can also help you? Because it’s great for your resume! So volunteer – for them and for you!

 

Go above and beyond- If you’re required to read half of a chapter, read the rest of it. Research topics discussed in class. Come prepared for discussion. Do the necessary work to fully absorb the education you’re receiving. If your education is important to you, then prove it!

 

Show up – You know how disappointing it is when a friend plans on getting together with you and as you pull up to the coffee shop you get a text saying: ‘sorry running late‘ or ‘reschedule?‘. It’s frustrating and disappointing but you’re their friend and you forgive them. But do your teachers forgive so easily? Remember that by not showing up to class, or showing up late, you are showing your teachers how much interest you have in their course. And keep in mind that they hand out the grades, so why not impress them by showing up to every class in a timely fashion? If that’s not enough to convince you to go to class, remember that you’re paying for it. If you bought concert tickets, you’d go and you’d probably even be there early. If you bought movie tickets, you’d go with popcorn in your right hand and an extra-large drink in your left. So go to class, not just because you have to but because you want to.

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Being an Adult in a College World

There are many factors for adults to consider before attending college. Research in many

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areas such as different degrees, schools, or online vs. traditional learning is common and important for adults to consider. Adults should weigh all the benefits of attending college, and hope that the positives outweigh the negatives. It is important to keep in mind that each student has different goals, hopes, and dreams in regards to their college education. Students, especially adult students, are different than the traditional young adult student receiving a college education. There are obstacles that they need to overcome as adult students before earning their degree. By figuring out what the obstacles are before attending college, adult learners will be able to complete their college degree in a timely manner with ease.

 

Some adult students are parents, and therefore have a wide range of home responsibilities. Before receiving a college education an adult student may need to seek additional help with the care of their children. Some schools offer daycare services, or adult students may want to consider other options such as online education. After the student has figured out how their children will be cared for during the time they will be in school, there are areas that need to be explored. It may be hard for parents to find time to study, but adult students must make time for themselves at least every day to study their course materials. Whether it’s family obligations or work that occupies an adults time, they need to devise a way to clear their schedule enough to successfully earn their college degree.

 

Once children are taken care of, it is important for the adult learner to decide which route they are going to take in their education. This can be a tough process, because of the many options available. Students can choose anywhere from an associate’s degree to a PhD in a particular area of study. If the adult student makes reasonable goals for themselves regarding how much time they are willing to commit to earning a college degree, the process becomes much simpler. If an adult learner can only commit to a 2-year degree, it’s important for the student to figure that out before planning to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree. For the adult learner it is important to have reasonable, attainable goals.

 

Furthermore, adult learners may find it difficult to figure out which degree to earn. There are many options whether in education or the sciences, or both. One simple method to decide which degree an adult learner should seek is to find out where their passions are. It is important for adult students to think of their college degree as a certificate of passion. They should put more focus on what they are interested in, and less about what careers can stem from the college degree they choose. Passion in a particular subject will make earning the degree worthwhile and enjoyable.

 

Earning a college degree is one step of many. One step towards a potential career, one step in your adult life, and one step towards a successful future. It is a meaningful accomplishment, especially as an adult. In today’s world, it’s possible for adults to earn their college degree in a much simpler way than in the past. Online degree options are one way that technology has integrated with education to create a learning environment for everyone, especially adult students. With the resources that adult students now have, earning a college degree is more achievable than ever before.

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Adults in College: Survival Guide

Going back to college as an adult may be a little intimidating. Especially when you’re sitting in a classroom with young adults that may be 20 or 30 years younger than you. But don’t fret, you can be a great asset to the class by using the knowledge you have gained from your life experiences. With that being said, adult learners make a great asset to class discussions. With their ideas stemming from a different point of view than the younger students, discussions become more interesting, and enlightening.

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Another popular option for adult learners are online classes. Working from home, creating your own schedule, and having more free time for family, and your career, are just a few benefits of online classes. However, earning an online degree requires motivation and self-control. For a busy adult, this path is ideal, as long as time for studying, reading, and other class requirements are met on-time.

This may sound surprising, but online classes also provide students with social interaction, just like a traditional classroom does. With online discussion boards, group projects, and e-mail exchanges between other students and professors, online education will feel a lot like traditional education. Pod casts and live chats are also available for some online classes. This can help you with any questions you may have, and you can also get to know other students.

With the growing number of jobs requiring degrees, many adults are going to college to become more successful, and more intelligent. The amount of adult learners is on the rise and is continuing to grow. Remember, it is never too late to go back to school, no matter how busy you may be.

Finally, here are some tips for adult learners taking the leap into education:

  1. Motivation- get it, use it, follow it.
  2. New schedule- Make a new schedule, and learn to adapt to it. At first it may seem overwhelming adding to your already busy schedule, but like anything in life you will adjust with time.
  3. Multitasking- kids big game? Bring your work with you. How about relaxing in the tub with your textbook, or chilling at the beach with your laptop.
  4. Quiet study- head to a coffee shop with your laptop. You can join classmates and work together. Plus, you can get away from the house in order to focus more clearly.

Most importantly, you should look forward to your new education and experience. You can do it, and you will reap the benefits from all your hard work. Good luck on your venture into success, you’ll do great!

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Adult College Life

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When you were 18 years old, going to college was all about freedom, decorating your dorm room, parties, and sleeping till noon. These days, whether it’s the random gray hairs you’ve seen lately or the fact that you can’t remember the last time you slept till noon, we both know you’re not 18 anymore. So what’s it like to be an adult in college? As an adult going to college you have different concerns such as:

  • Does the school have a daycare program?
  • How much will going to college cost me?
  • Does the school have special housing for adult students?
  • What is the teacher-student ratio?
  • How many years will it take me to complete this degree?
  • Does the school offer evening or online courses?

It is important to write down the concerns you have as an adult student. This way you can contact the school with these questions. Or you can check out their website for information such as student housing.  As an adult student, it is important to decide what you want from your education. And then go after it.

After you’ve figured out what questions you have about going to college, there’s one more step. Here’s what you should do once you get there to make your college experience the best it can be.

  • Make friends with classmates
  • Connect with your professor
  • Keep on track with your schoolwork
  • Get a lot of rest before exams
  • Make study groups
  • Make goals for yourself

It’s important to have a picture of what going to college will look like. We’ve already discussed how the picture is different for an 18 year old student. But it’s time to make your own picture. You’re the artist; create the world you want to live in. This is a new journey, allow yourself to enjoy it!

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4 Ways Women Can Improve Their Learning

Men and women look different from each other, they often act different from the other, so it makes sense that they would learn differently, too. This doesn’t mean you can bring back the phrase “girls rule, boy drool” but it does mean that women can improve their learning by implementing these factors.

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  • The More, the Merrier
    Women tend to learn better when they learn with other women. This is why there are women colleges. It helps for women to relate to other women, not only share their new learning experiences with, but to also relate to on a social level.
  • The Brain
    Typically a women’s brain is stimulated when she is presented with information at an emotional level.
  • Competition
    Society tends to stereotype men and women. Many people believe men excel more than women in math and sciences, and that women are better in the liberal arts. Because of this stereotype, women tend to feel that they simply cannot excel in math or science, and sometimes refrain from trying due to this stereotype.
  • Hearing
    On average, women can hear better than men. Hearing is a big factor when it comes to education. Lectures can be very difficult if an individual is hard of hearing.

No matter which gender category you fall into, it is important to remember that these factors do not apply to everyone. Each individual learns differently and it is important to understand how you learn and try to fit yourself into a learning environment that suits you. Some individuals tend to learn better in an environment with a large amount of people, others like small quaint colleges, while some would prefer working from home. There are so many factors in regards to education that you need to evaluate before making any big decisions. So while men and women may learn differently, don’t focus as much on that but instead focus on how you learn! And remember; do not feel self-conscious if you struggle in certain areas, no one’s perfect!

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10 Tips to Fight Distraction While Earning an Online Education

Computers are enchanting with their ability to draw our attention for hours on end. You may start doing your homework but somehow you find yourself surfing Facebook, YouTube, or your favorite news site two hours later with no idea where the time went. To help combat these diversions, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 ways to fight distractions online. Try them out next time you find yourself surfing rather than working.

 

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  1. Turn off the internet.
    Most modern computers will allow you to turn your internet service on (or off) at will. It might serve you well to simply turn off your connection to the internet while you focus on composing that essay. If you need to do research, try to compile the sites you need before shutting down the internet as you work.
  2. Chunk your work.
    An extremely effective method for getting work done without distractions is to divide your time into chunks. Tell yourself that you will work for the next thirty minutes without interruption. Once those thirty minutes are up, you’re free to check your email and any notifications you have for ten minutes before you do another thirty minutes of focused work.
  3. Stay focused.
    You’re not the only person to have trouble with distractions online. It may be hard to believe, but it is a common occurrence. For that reason, people have designed computer programs you can use to keep distractions to a minimum while you work on that big project due next week.
  4. Listen to one song on repeat.
    This is a tip that I’ve used countless times. Find a song you enjoy that you can also work to without distraction. Now put that song on repeat. After a few repetitions, the song will fade into the background and you’ll be totally in the zone to work distraction-free.
  5. Get off the computer.
    Sometimes the best way to limit distractions is to get off the computer completely. Print off notes or PowerPoint slides and study them on the couch. Any task that can be accomplished without the computer is fair game. Distraction will be a thing of the past.
  6. Get up early.
    You’d be amazed how few distractions there are early in the morning. None of your friends will be up texting you. If you have kids, they might still be asleep. You’ll be alone to focus on the work you need to get done.
  7. Write in full-screen mode.
    It’s hard not to click on things when you’re bored with a paper. Eliminate that possibility by going into full screen mode. Nearly every word processor will have a full screen mode. Make your life easier by writing in full screen whenever possible.
  8. Rescue time.
    This is another handy computer program that you can use to eliminate distraction. This program runs in the background on your computer and records everything you do. At any time you can log on to your account and see a record of your activity. Look for majorly distracting activities and try to eliminate them from your daily routine.
  9. Go to a new place.
    If your house is the culprit of distraction, pack your school books and computer and head out to a nearby library or coffee shop. There are far less distractions in quiet places with other people working.
  10. Be consistent.
    No matter which of my tips you choose to put into practice, make sure you are consistent with their application. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. Use these tips for the next 21 days. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done and how easy it is to continue the new habit.


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The Benefits of College Degrees Online

College Degrees Online are becoming increasingly popular as students are finding that online schooling allows for more flexibility and is more cost-effective than on-campus learning.  College Degrees Today provides all the information you need to find your College Degrees Online and enroll today!

Earning College Degrees Online is easier than ever before as more accredited colleges are adding online degree programs to their curriculum.  College Degrees Online presents many benefits over on-campus training and, as of February 2006, financial aid is available for students enrolled in an accredited online degree program.  With College Degrees Online, the virtual classroom is universally accessible to all students: people with disabilities, full-time workers, soldiers, study abroad, and stay-at-home parents.

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Additional benefits to College Degrees Online include the elimination of a daily commute or re-locating to the school’s area, no need to purchase clothes for school or pay for a sitter, and students can complete coursework when it’s convenient for them!

Be forewarned that students earning college degrees online are self-directed and responsible in order for college degrees online to be advantageous.  Without the structure and accountability enforced through a traditional classroom setting, earning college degrees online requires time management and discipline.  College degrees online can be difficult for students who are easily distracted, who procrastinate, or those who thrive from engaging in classroom discussions.  A good suggestion for students who are new to college degrees [earned] online should start slowly by taking a few online courses to test their success before jumping into an online degree program.

If college degrees online is a program you want to investigate further, College Degrees Today can help you find the right accredited online degree! Our schools offer a broad range of college degrees online from Associate’s to Master’s Degrees, as well as certificates.  Let College Degrees Today assist in your search for the best college degrees online from top universities by simply filling out our form to find a program that best meets your educational needs.

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5 Steps to Research Online Degrees

5 Steps to Research Online Degrees

Congratulations! You made the right choice when you decided it’s time to go back to school. Everyone benefits from furthering their education and it’s never too late to start. Even if you have a full-time job; if you are a stay-at-home parent; or if you’re interesting in applying for a promotion, earning a degree is still accessible to you. Since you’re already on the path to making good decisions, be sure to research online degrees to make the most informed choice. Below are 5 steps to research online degrees and make a logical decision that benefits you the most.

 

1. Choosing a school.

After you have decided on the degree program you will apply for, it’s important to find a school that offers that program. And, you will probably want to choose the school that offers the best program. Why not consider researching online degree programs? Schools like Columbia and Duke offer full Bachelor’s degree programs online. Or, you can opt for a well-known online college like University of Phoenix or even Devry.

 

2. Beware of fake online schools.

The most important rule of thumb when it comes to researching online degrees is: verify the school’s accreditation! Be wary of a site that offers a fast, easy degree. Likewise, if you can just purchase a diploma online, you’re falling into a diploma mill trap. You’ll waste money, time, and effort on a worthless “degree” if you don’t take the time to ensure the school you want to enroll in is accredited.

 

3. Application deadlines.

Once you know what degree program best suits you and you’ve verified the accreditation of your ideal school(s), you need to make note of the application deadlines. Often times, there are different deadlines for online school applications as opposed to campus-based school deadlines.

 

4. Coursework.

If you are choosing to enroll in online education because you think it’ll be easy peasy, you might want to reconsider. Online schooling is convenient because you can access the virtual classroom from anywhere that has an internet connection. However, without the presence of a teacher, a set class time, or assignment deadlines, online school can get overwhelming for a procrastinator. So, look into the amount of coursework that will required of you before committing to online school.

 

5. Costs.

As you research online degrees, it’s important to compare the cost difference between online school and campus-based schools. With online schooling, there are no costs for the actual brick and mortar building maintenance of campus schools; you don’t have to worry about room and board, commuting costs, or school clothes. But, you will want to research online degrees that don’t have hidden fees or costs in the fine print.

 

Going back to school to earn or finish your degree is a life-changing decision. You should be excited to embark down this new path, but make sure you research online degrees and campus-based degree programs well so you know what you’re in for and for how much money. We want you to succeed!

 

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Online Education: The Future has Arrived

Let people have an education and you can’t stop them.” LaMonte Young

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Whether you’re just graduating high school, earning your discharge from the Navy, trying to change careers, or simply looking for a way to get ahead- there is no better route you can take to succeed other than furthering your education. Being able to get an online education is an opportunity that technology has offered us, and makes becoming a college graduate easy to accomplish.

A high percentage of the most widely admired and sought after professions in the U.S. – nurse, engineer, non-profit executive – require advanced degrees as central parts of their qualifications. By continuing with (or going back to) school and educating yourself, you will open these doors and countless others for yourself.

Finding the right online college for you has transformed into a simple 3-step process tanks to the advancement of search engines and sites such as CollegeDegreesToday.com.  By utilizing these tools, you can narrow down your options to the school that will fit your requirements. Whether it is online or not, these colleges offer many programs a traditional school education may not.

Flexibility is a big element that an online college offers that many other schools don’t. While some of the traditional schools are offering some online education benefits, it’s unlikely that the whole program is available online. What’s nice about the online education sector is that the schools partner with many schools in your area to fulfill several requirements – such as lab components. For example, if you were to pursue a degree in Crime Scene Investigation, there would likely be lab components for studying the uses of chemicals to determine evidence collected at the scene. Obviously this would be difficult for one to set up a chemistry lab in their home, so by forming these partnerships with local colleges, online colleges are able to offer programs that are at the same education level as traditional schooling.

Getting a college education, regardless of in-class or online, is a commitment of time and money. Research your degree field thoroughly so you know that the path you’re about to take is going to be a long-lasting and profitable decision for you. College is often referred to as an investment. It is; it’s an investment in yourself.

Long days of work for minimal recognition and achievement are reserved for those who are less ambitious. With the opportunities that are available to you in today’s era of technology, knowing that you can realistically achieve your dreams is exciting and comforting at the same time.

Everything worth doing takes time and hard work and you must approach online education with this in mind. It will be convenient to take classes online if you’re a stay-at-home mom or a full-time employee, it also requires dedication and discipline to be able to make it through to graduation. This statement isn’t meant to scare you, just to confirm what you probably already know. There’s no time like the present to begin these exciting journeys; the only way you can help yourself tomorrow is by starting today!

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Online Education Cuts School Budget Costs

More and more school districts and states are turning to online education, or E-learning, as a way to combat budget cuts for this school year. Florida is amongst one of the states that has long been saving money through their year-round virtual school, Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

 

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Online education for both grade school and secondary education is a great alternative to traditional classroom education. Whether students want to take an extra course in order to graduate earlier or need to catch-up from failed or missed courses. Some parents have also completely abolished traditional classroom education in favor of an online medium.

Online education is frugal because districts do not have to pay for food, busing, building maintenance and staff, furniture or supplies. Making it a really appealing option with the current state of the economy and declining school budget.

 

This form of distance education is outcome-based rather than based on time actually spent in the class room. It is a significant difference from the traditional brick-and-mortar model. It is not a learning medium for every student, however, some find it easier than traditional classroom learning. It has taken a significant amount of time for the classroom to catch up on technology and with the current state of the economy most schools are not able to purchase the right technology for their students. At the same time, personal computers can be found in more homes and young people are becoming more accustomed to using them on a daily basis. More often than not, students can be put through the exact same educational requirements as traditional classroom learning. Students can easily access suggested reading, audio and video material as well as interactive educational tests, quizzes and final assignments

 

Online colleges have been the benchmark for online learning. Universities were amongst the first schools to offer online learning. They have become the industry experts and have adapted to all the newest technology. College students can often find their professors lectures online via video or podcasts. Now, at least 85% of college students use online learning for at least one of their classes. Even students that attend traditional classroom lectures do more of their work online and can submit assignments via the internet. Making the material available outside of the classroom so students can access it at any time is a great way to reinforce the topic.

 

A recent report done on online education by SRI International for the Education Department concluded: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”

 

While online learning is a great alternative to classroom learning it doesn’t come without a price. The software for online learning can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year plus licensing and support. Time is spent to develop and modify software so that it fits perfectly with the needs for any particular online classroom. Teachers and students also have to be trained to use it.

 

Technology is growing at an increasing rate and schools are learning to adapt that technology in new ways to create better learning communities and mediums for students.

 

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